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Dianthus barbatus ‘Heart Attack’


Dianthus 'Heart Attack' has deep crimson red carnation like flowers.

Dianthus barbatus 'Heart Attack' has deep crimson red, carnation-like flowers that really make a statement up against the glossy, dark green, lance-like foliage. The leaves are deep red when they emerge in spring. In trials this cultivar has proven to have more perennial characteristics than others in the species which are biennial. Additionally, sweet williams have a tendency to be more perennial with our benign winters in coastal BC. Photo courtesy of Walters Gardens.

Common Name: Sweet William, Pinks

Family: Caryophyllaceae (The Pink Family)

Zone Hardiness: 4-9

Light: Full Sun, Part Sun, Part Shade

Height: 12-24"

Width: 8-12"

Primary Bloom Colour: Burgundy

Secondary Bloom Colour: Black

Class: Evergreen

Type: Perennial

Bloom Time: Spring - Summer

Soil Moisture: Average

Stem Colour:

Fragrance: No

Berries: No


Deer Resistant: Unknown

BC Native: No

Native Habitat: Meadows and woods.


Geogrpahical Origin: Europe and Africa - Europe and Western Russia

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